Through out the last month I have had a small shiny box sitting on or near our dining table; inside the box is a gift so precious I can’t bare to put it away!
What started as an idea for a fun activity turned out to be an amazing gift, the power to start a conversation. Inside of this little box are 32 slips of paper with a question on each one. I knew that this would be a fun way for our family to get into the holiday spirit and let go of the hustle and bustle of life as we sat down to dinner; what I didn’t know is how important this little box would be for my six year old.
In our busy, verbal, somewhat loud and boisterous household, my six year old participates in plenty of conversations, but I was surprised at how the ability to successfully start a conversation empowered her. She is only just beginning to read and often could not read the prompts herself, yet still she felt empowered. She even memorized a handful of prompts and used them with visiting relatives. These little slips were even useful in helping the kids to be diplomatic; on several occasions when bickering erupted at the table one of them would quietly pull a slip from the box and introduce a new topic of conversation.
So as our holiday winds down and the magic of discussing Christmas gets a bit stale I am realizing that I don’t want to put our little box away with the holiday decorations. I want to keep this going for as long as it will last… so I came up with a new set of conversation starters. These are more “timeless” and will keep the conversation going.
As always at Creative With Kids we want to share the magic; click here and download your own copy of these Conversation Starters for the New Year!
Be well and may you enjoy health, happiness, and connection in the coming year!